New Orleans R&B Legend Clarence “Frogman” Henry Passes Away at Age 87

Fleur De Lis Data News Weekly Contributor

As we have begun the season of festivals, where many come from across the globe to experience our culture and heritage. Recently, the city lost one of its musical greats, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, the R&B and Blues Singer with a distinctive voice that could mimic his nickname, died on April 7, 2024, at the age of 87.

During the heyday of New Orleans R&B, Clarence “Frogman” Henry rose to fame in the late 1950s with the songs “I Ain’t Got No Home” and “I Don’t Know Why” with his music standing the test of times as cover versions over the years. He was a festival favorite and even toured with the Beatles on their first American tour after opening for the group’s performance in City Park.

Many have made released statements regarding his passing, including Louisiana U.S. Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr.

“I’m saddened to learn that our community has lost Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, the beloved New Orleans musician and Algiers native. Henry’s playful voice and infectious energy made him a local legend. From his early days performing with Bobby Mitchell to sharing the stage with the Beatles, Henry’s career spanned decades, leaving a lasting mark on Louisiana’s music scene. His enduring hits and unique voice ensure that the rhythm of the ‘Frogman’ will resonate in the heart of New Orleans for generations to come. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace.”

His long career was one where he always was known for his amazing performances. This New Orleans musical treasure will be missed by all.

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